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Kid Movie Critic: Rango

Started by Quirky Momma , author of 8/6/2012 11:00:10 PM

Summer and family movie night just go together.

It is one of the reasons we have enjoyed being part of the Redbox Summer Family Fun program...just add popcorn!

We thought it was great fun when Redbox asked us to get our kids involved in the role of movie critic.

My kids seem to have an opinion on EVERYTHING, so why not make it official?

Reasons why your kids should be a movie critic:

  • Storytelling:  Summarizing a favorite movie can help children with storytelling skills.  They learn to pick out the major events and story sequence.  Don't be surprised if THEIR major events are a different list than yours.
  • Critical thinking:  Critical thinking usually refers to judgements related to making decisions, but I think using a movie as a platform to have your child verbalize things about the movie they didn't like can be a fun experiment.  Teaching a child to constructively criticize is often harder than expected.  Leading questions like, "What would you do different if you made the movie?" or "Why would you choose a different ending?" can get kids thinking about the reasons behind their opinion.
  • Creative expression:  A movie critique can take many forms.  An older child might write or dictate an essay.  A younger child might draw a picture reflecting the storyline or a change they would make.  Creating a video is a fun time capsule of their thoughts.

My family chose a movie from the Redbox Summer Family Fun suggested list, Rango, and watched it last night.

Here is a video of my 6 year old's summary and review:

As you can see, because of his age {and a bit of camera shyness}, he needed some prompting to retell the story and give his opinion.

I learned that the scene with the armadillo made a big impact on him.  I also learned that he had no idea that Las Vegas was the city stealing Dirt's water.  It hadn't occurred to me that he didn't recognize the Las Vegas skyline when we were watching the movie.

I also learned that it really doesn't matter what movie is shown because the most important part of family movie night is family as long as it is accompanied by popcorn {and dessert}.

Rent movies like Rango and many other family fun titles, like Space Dogs this summer for a chance to win a family trip to the Kennedy Space Center! Official Sweepstakes Rules

3 Easy ways to enter!

1.      Rent a participating movie or game at a Redbox kiosk before 8/27 and enter your email at checkout. Click here for a complete list of participating titles

2.       Reserve a Summer Family Fun movie or game online before 8/27

3.       Go here to find out how to enter without renting

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Redbox. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Reply by JDaniel4's Mom

author of JDaniel4's Mom 8/7/2012 7:25:35 AM
We have loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle.


Reply by Texasholly

author of june cleaver nirvana 8/8/2012 9:43:32 AM

We haven't seen that one yet!  It sounds perfect for my 6 year old.

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JDaniel4's Mom said ...
We have loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle.


Reply by Shannon

author of Milk and Cuddles 8/8/2012 1:11:20 PM

He is just darling! And on a side note those freckles over his die for:)

Love his review, and your ideas on what makes a good kid reviewer. I think my pumpkin better stick to her day job;)


We havent seen Rango- will have to check it out:)

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